The Lions of Al-Rassan

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Simon & Schuster, Limited, Nov 4, 2002 - Canada - 591 pages
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In the once powerful Al-Rassan, King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy. Adding city after city to his realm aided always by the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan - poet, diplomat, soldier and assassin of the last of the khalifs. Cartada's empire is threatened only by the ambitious Jaddite kings of the north who are eager to reclaim the lands they once held.
But the Jaddite lands are divided and their own celebrated military leader Rodrigo Belmonte and his war-band are forced into exile. Thus, in the exquisite lakeside city if Ragosa, Rodrigo and ibn Khairan meet and serve - for a time - the same monarch. Observing the byplay between the two men, is the beautiful, brilliant physician, Jehane, who herself becomes a crucial player as the peninsula is swept by holy war. And as events unfold, Jehane realises that fate has ordained a cruel confrontation. Friends they may be, but their gods and their countries will demand the ultimate price of Rodrigo Belmonte and Ammar ibn Khairan: the Lions of Al-Rassan...

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Lovely, lyrical prose and honest characters who are torn by clashing ideals of love, loyalty, religion, faith, and honor. A fantasy novel about holy war that feels as current as the daily news. Read full review

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Guy Gavriel Kay was born on November 7, 1954 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada. He became interested in fantasy fiction while working as an assistant to Christopher Tolkien. He assisted him with the editing of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. After receiving a law degree from the University of Toronto, he became principal writer and associate producer for the CBC radio series, The Scales of Justice. He also wrote several episodes when the series moved to television. He has written social and political commentary for several publications including the National Post, The Globe and Mail, and The Guardian. His first fantasy novels were The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road, which make up the Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy. His other works include A Song for Arbonne, The Lions of Al-Rassan, Beyond This Dark House, The Last Light of the Sun, and Under Heaven. He has received numerous awards including and the Aurora Award for Tigana and The Wandering Fire, the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Ysabel, and the International Goliardos Award for his work in the fantasy field.

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